Consortium on Aging

Patients and Caregivers

Our Goal is to provide care that is:

Excellent - Our physicians and nurses utilize best practices in geriatrics.

Comprehensive and Coordinated – When possible, we provide primary care and specialist physician services in one convenient location where the healthcare team can confer with one another to coordinate patients' care.

Aging Adult

Interdisciplinary – Health providers from many different disciplines participate in the care plan for older adults with complex issues. These providers may include physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and dietitians.

Patient-centered - Our goal is to listen to patients and their caregivers and to include them in the decisions that affect their health, well-being, and independence.

Who Provides Care?

Primary care is provided by geriatricians and gerontological nurse practitioners.

A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in the care of older adults. In addition to medical school training,a geriatrician has completed a residency (three years) in either internal medicine or family medicine and then an additional one to two year fellowship that focuses on the special needs of older adults.

A gerontological nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with additional education obtained in a master’s degree program in nursing. This program prepares nurses to deliver primary health care to elderly adults.

Geriatricians and gerontological nurse practitioners are trained to diagnose and treat multiple medical problems and chronic illnesses as well as cognitive and psychological issues that are common in older people, including:

  • Difficulty with memory
  • Urinary tract disorders
  • Decreasing physical function
  • Fluctuations in mood
  • Sleep and appetite disorders
  • Wounds

 

They are also specially qualified to provide:

  • Palliative care
  • Medication reviews
  • Preventive screenings and immunizations
  • Assistance with linking seniors with local services and resources